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New York Times, Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dramatic ending to a performance ... or a hint to answering the six starred clues

Author:
Lewis Rothlein
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQVWX} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Rothlein. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Lewis Rothlein notes:
I hope that this puzzle brings a hearty aha to many solvers in the process of figuring out how six legitimate-looking answers could be ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Solvers must drop the trigram MIC from words so the entry makes sense with the clue. I particularly enjoyed BALSAMIC to BALSA, and ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times3/30/17 ( No. 24,614 )

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Across
1
Hosp. procedure : MRI
4
Not esto or eso : OTRO
8
Frances Moore ___, author of the best-selling "Diet for a Small Planet" : LAPPE
13
HUD secretary Carson : BEN
14
Milling byproduct : BRAN
15
*Onetime White House nickname : MICRON
16
High-pH : ALKALINE
18
Support : UPHOLD
19
*What may keep a model's weight down? : BALSAMIC
20
"Hear me out ..." : LISTEN
21
Somewhat : ABIT
22
Caught : SNARED
24
Music genre that spawned a fashion style : EMO
25
Rarest state bird : NENE
26
Walked (on) : TROD
27
Shamble, e.g. : GAIT
28
"The Disrobing of Christ" painter, 1579 : ELGRECO
31
Most-nominated woman ever in the Grammys : BEYONCE
33
What it takes decades to grow : OLD
34
Poetic "indeed" : EEN
35
Watches every penny : SCRIMPS
39
It comes at the end of a sentence : FREEDOM
43
Not getting up until after 10? : KOED
44
Something that's long and steep? : LIMO
46
Pop singer Halliwell : GERI
47
"Baby ___ Want You" (1971 hit by Bread) : IMA
48
Famed deli seen in Woody Allen's "Manhattan" : ZABARS
50
Visiting the nation's capital, for short : INDC
51
*Anthem writer : MICKEY
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Brought in : IMPORTED
55
It's usually in the 80s or 90s : OCTANE
56
Start of a kids' taunt : LIARLIAR
57
More substantial, as a paycheck : FATTER
58
"___ homo" : ECCE
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Traffic caution : SLO
60
Elevator stop : FLOOR
61
Florida pro team : RAYS
62
About 5 mL : TSP
Down
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Capital of Swaziland : MBABANE
2
Put a new tag on : RELABEL
3
Vague notion : INKLING
4
Start of a Beatles title : OBLA
5
Adorns : TRIMS
6
Unexpectedly met : RANINTO
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"It's just getting out of ___ and getting into another" (John Lennon on death) : ONECAR
8
Fatty acid, for one : LIPID
9
German cries : ACHS
10
Ever-changing : PROTEAN
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*Word after North or South : POLEMIC
12
One may close a book : ENDNOTE
15
Rocky Mountain forager : MULEDEER
17
Something that may be found in a belt : ASTEROID
23
Way overcharge, say : ROB
27
2014 psychological thriller based on a Gillian Flynn novel : GONEGIRL
29
Wood resistant to splitting : ELM
30
Turner of music : CDPLAYER
32
"___-haw!" : YEE
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Take from the top : SKIMOFF
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*Shade of black : COMICAL
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Give one's opinion on, say : REACTTO
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Bro or sis : SIB
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*Discussion venues : FORMICA
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One with a job to fill? : DENTIST
41
Trials : ORDEALS
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Dramatic ending to a performance ... or a hint to answering the six starred clues : MICDROP
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Padded envelope : MAILER
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___ cards (tools used in ESP testing) : ZENER
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Airheaded : SPACY
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The Green Hornet's masked driver : KATO
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Metal containers : ORES

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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